With year-round sunshine, affordable food, and a legendary party atmosphere, you really can’t go wrong with a Cancún bachelor party.
Best Ideas: Soak up the sun and sip ice-cold beers at Cancún beach bars, play a round of golf at one of the region’s top courses, and get adventurous at Xel-Ha eco-adventure park.
Good to Know: Skip spring-break season if you’d rather not be surrounded by hordes of college kids, and give the ethically questionable strip clubs a miss.
So you’ve been recruited as best man — the role you were born to play — and now you’ve got an epic bachelor party to plan. Drawing a destination blank? Look no further than Cancún, Mexico, famous for white-sand beaches, all-night parties, and year-round sunshine, as well as its proximity to some of Mexico’s coolest islands (Isla Holbox and Cozumel), cities (Tulum and Playa del Carmen) and archaeological ruins (Chichén Itzá and Cobá).
Once you’re there, no designated driver is needed because most things in the Hotel Zone — the tourist-friendly, party-central Cancún district where you’ll probably want to stay — are within walking distance. If you do venture into the center of Cancún, taxis are easy to flag down. Outside of those two areas? Don’t worry about it, as you don’t need to go any further afield. And you can fly there direct from the U.S. with United, American or WestJet. Convinced? Here are some of the best bachelor party ideas for Cancún, Mexico.
Why Go Here? The why behind a destination bachelor party in Cancún is clear: sun, sand, and more-than-affordable eating, drinking and accommodations, as well as direct flights from the U.S. But what about the when? Skip spring break and the winter high season — prices will be jacked up during both periods. Instead, travel during the summer rainy season or fall for the best deals.
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Pros and Cons of a Cancún Bachelor Party
- There’s great weather pretty much year-round.
- It’s affordable on all counts, from accommodation to food. You’ll get more bang for your buck here than in the States.
- Direct flights on multiple airlines from many major U.S. cities make arriving a breeze.
- There are both daytime and nighttime bachelor party activities to suit most in Cancún.
- You’ll never be stuck for a great place to party.
- There are always massive crowds during spring break and winter.
- Rainy season in the summer can put a damper on any late-afternoon plans.
- Strip clubs in Cancún are dicey and best avoided.
- Cancún is pretty touristy, so if you’re looking for a more off-the-beaten path kind of affair, this ain’t the place for you.
Best Attractions and Activities in Cancún, Mexico
Regardless of age or interests, there are plenty of bachelor party activities to keep your group happy in Cancún. For starters, you could take it easy on a boozy catamaran ride in the Caribbean. Private charters aren’t tough to come by and won’t break the budget if you’re traveling with a decent-sized group either. You can even program in stops for snorkeling over the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
Cancún Golf Club at Pok Ta PokCancun Golf Club at Pok ta Pok, Boulevard Kukulcan, Punta Cancun, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
By day, you can’t go wrong with squeezing in a round at the 18-hole championship Cancún Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok, smack dab in the middle of the Hotel Zone. Hone your swing before grabbing a drink at the on-site bar, although there’s also an on-course drink and snack service. (Photo by @gigiangpe)
Xel-Ha or Xcaret Eco-Adventure ParkXel-Há, Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km 240, locales 1 & 2, módulo B, Quintana Roo, Mexico
For something a little more adventurous, book a full day at one of Cancún’s eco-adventure parks — Xel-Ha and Xcaret are two of the best — where you can snorkel in underground cenotes, swim through caves, zipline through the Mexican jungle, and generally just make the most of your not-small-town-America surrounds. (Photo by @xelhapark)
Dubai Palace CasinoDubai Palace Casino (Cancún, Quintana Roo), Centro, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
However, the best bachelor party activities are arguably to be found after dark. The obvious nighttime pursuit is partying — more on that later — but don’t write off an evening at the Dubai Palace Casino so quickly, especially as there are usually decent deals for first-timers. (Photo by @dubaipalacecasino)
Mambo CaféMambocafé, 35, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Maybe the groom needs to brush up on his dance moves for the ceremony? Mambo Café is a legendary Cancún dance institution where you can try your hand (or feet) at salsa, merengue, cumbia and bachata. (Photo by @gustavofilorio)
XochimilcoCarretera Federal 307 Cancún-Puerto Morelos, Mza. 01 Lote 1-02, 77580 Puerto Morelos, Q.R., Mexico
Get the party started aboard a colorful Mexican gondola at Xoximilco — they’re modeled after the O.G. trajineras of Xochimilco in Mexico City — where you can float down the canals, and enjoy live music and dinner before heading out for the night. Each boat has a maximum capacity of 20. (Photo by @beetsespinosa)
Unfortunately, strip clubs are off the table in Cancún: They often have some not-so-savory cartel affiliations that any self-respecting stag will want to avoid.
Best Hotels, Resorts and Airbnbs in Cancún, Mexico
Riu Cancún used to be a No. 1 spot for bachelor parties in Cancún, but since the resort clamped down on large groups of revelers (boo!) you’ll want to consider one of the following options instead.
Grand Oasis CancúnGrand Oasis Cancún, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
The three-and-a-half-star, all-inclusive Grand Oasis Cancún — favored among the 18-to-30 crowd — is one of the Hotel Zone’s most popular party hotels, with entertainment options galore and prices starting around $190 per night. And, even though it’s not adults-only, there are still 14 bars and a massive outdoor pool. (Photo by @grandoasiscancun)
Melody Maker CancúnMelody Maker Cancun, Boulevard Kukulcan, El Rey, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Another great party hotel option in the Hotel Zone is the equally all-inclusive Melody Maker Cancún — not to be confused with the defunct British music mag — which regularly hosts concerts, sits on a striking strip of beachfront, and has an on-site beach club, Delirio. (Photo by @melodymakerhotels)
Temptation Cancún ResortTemptation Cancun Resort, Boulevard Kukulcan, Kukulcan Boulevard, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Tempted by the appeal of a topless-optional property when it comes to your bachelor hotels? Check out the all-inclusive Temptation Cancún, a 21-and-over adults-only resort with just 384 rooms and a risqué feel. There’s not much of a beach, but who needs it when there are several on-site topless-optional swimming zones — including the daytime-is-playtime Sexy Pool? Admittedly, Temptation Cancún, where prices start at about $235 a night, will likely appeal more to the groomsmen than the groom. We hope. (Photo by @tonyatour)
La Villa Bonita AirbnbLa Villa Bonita, cancun
Alternatively, skip the resorts entirely for private Airbnbs that seem ready-made to cater to bachelor parties. La Villa Bonita, a nine-person-capacity, $370-a-night apartment, is just 15 minutes from the beach, has an outdoor pool, barbecue zone, and a terrace with views over the nearby lake. (Photo courtesy of Airbnb)
Bachelor Pad AirbnbHotel Zone, Cancun
Meanwhile, this five-bedroom Bachelor Pad, which fits 20 and goes for just $500 a night — so, like, $25 per person — has a Jacuzzi, pool, rooftop complete with day beds, numerous flatscreen TVs, and a full staff to take care of cooking and cleaning for you. (Photo courtesy of Airbnb)
Best Restaurants in Cancún, Mexico
Marakame CaféMarakame Café
Feeling fragile the morning after the night before? Refuel with the affordable breakfast-slash-brunch buffet held every Saturday and Sunday at Marakame Café. Live music and a selection of Mexican dishes like huaraches, sopes, and handmade tortillas, as well as eggs, fruit, yogurt, and a gallon of coffee will have you feeling fresh, not fragile, in no time. (Photo by @lilis.0)
Fred’s House Seafood & Raw BarFred’s House Seafood & Raw Bar
Once lunchtime rolls around, head over to Fred’s House Seafood & Raw Bar for a slap-up meal of fresh-from-the-water fish, octopus, and lobster. Try and snag one of the outdoor pods for views over Nichupté Lagoon and don’t skip the mixology menu at this mid-range spot. (Photo by @fredshouserestaurante)
Harry’s Steakhouse & Raw BarHarry's Steakhouse & Raw Bar | Cancun, Kukulkan, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
In Cancún’s Hotel Zone, there are endless options for evening meals, but one of the best has to be Harry’s Steakhouse & Raw Bar. It’s a cut above your average rowdy steakhouse but still ideal for a bachelor party. But the best thing about Harry’s? The upscale rooftop bar — HRoof — where you can enjoy deep house, DJ sets, and classy cocktails on Fridays and Saturdays. Make reservations to guarantee your table, as HRoof is a highly sought-after spot. (Photo by @x_hcm)
ElefantaElefanta, Boulevard Kukulcan, La Isla, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
If there are vegan groomsmen in the group, Elefanta will cater for everyone. This Indian restaurant in the heart of the Hotel Zone has an extensive selection of both meat-free and meat-full curries. (Photo by @bellecibrian)
La DestileriaLa Destileria, Boulevard Kukulcan, La Isla, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
For a more low-key evening, stop at La Destileria. It’s got more tequila brands than you’ll know what to do with, plus a menu made up of Mexican classics and flatscreen TVs rigged up in the corners showing the latest games. (Photo by @calcacuervo)
Taco y TequilaTaco y Tequila Cancun, Boulevard Kukulcan, La Isla, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Continue your tequila kick the next night at the nearby Taco y Tequila. The samplers are ideal for large groups, indecisive eaters and first-time visitors to Mexico who think the only type of tacos come with a picture of a bell on a to-go bag. (Photo by @tacoytequilacancun)
Amma CancúnAmma Cancún, Avenida Holbox, 22, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Best Bars and Clubs in Cancún, Mexico
If the groom is a reformed (or not so reformed) party guy, there are few better places for a bachelor party trip than Cancún. Here, the clubs are well-known for offering some of the most iconic nightlife experiences in the world, although you typically need to dress accordingly. In short: Ditch the flip-flops and tank tops.
Coco BongoCoco Bongo, Punta Cancun, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Perhaps you’ve heard of Coco Bongo? Yes, it’s the Cancún club, and not the cheapest place to visit, but you should go there anyway. There will be plenty of time to skip the tourist hotspots later in the trip. Enjoy live acrobatic spectaculars, musical tributes and, of course, a steady stream of booze for an unforgettable evening that’s more circus show than nightclub. (Photo by @cocobongoshow)
MandalaMandala Cancun, Boulevard Kukulcan, Punta Cancun, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
If you’re not sold on the idea of Coco Bongo, head to the other Cancún nightlife institution, Mandala. Both nightclub and beach bar, it hosts regular theme nights, including raucous wet T-shirt contests and pool parties. Expect rowdy revelers and lots of reggaeton. (Photo by @mandaladisco)
CongoCongo Bar Cancún, Punta Nizuc - Cancún, Punta Cancun, Hotel Zone, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Las de GuanatosLas de Guanatos, SM248, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Basically, Cancún is an all-rounder bachelor party destination. Whether you’re balling or on a budget, prefer beaches to beach bars (or vice versa), there’s a bachelor party plan to suit you.